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El Camino de Santiago or The Way of Saint James

Average Rating:    (5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

One of the three religious pilgrimages in the Christian world. The Camino de Santiago is the most developed culturaly. Pedaling over the French side of the Pyranees mountains, then across the entire north of Spain, one encounters a variety of climates, cultures, cities, architecture, landscapes, foods, wines and groovy trails. The only modes of transportation allowed on the trail, over 90% of which is off-road, are bicycle, pedestrian and equestrian (except, of course, for the paved portions). The Camino is not only for Christians, but anyone seeking spiritual enlightenment or just a real challenge. Guaranteed to bring a smile and a lifetime worth of memories and lessons along the way. Well worth the $500 - $600 plane ticket plus expenses. Save up a thousand dollars, hop on a big ol' jet airliner, and get your butt to (in my humble opinion) the greatest country in the world. Just make sure to be nice to everone on the trail, because I am sure that everyone will be nice to you. In other words, no gonzo speedfreaks need apply. Plenty of web sites available for more info. Just log on to your favorite search engine and type "Camino de Santiago." And don't hesitiate to email me for info.
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Latitude
43.01029597399609
Longitude
-1.3202476501464844
Trail Directions
Take a plane to either Paris or Madrid. Find your way to St. Jean Pie du Port, France. Ask for the Camino de Santiago. Ride west.
Trail Length
approx 400 to 500 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Pamplona, Leon, Santiago de Compostela, Barcelona, Madrid
   


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Review Date
September 29, 2000

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Jim Allen , from Seminole, Florida

Summary:
My son age 38 and I (64) rode on paved roads from Pamplona to Santiago, 500 miles, Sep 2 through Sep 11. We biked, ate a lot, drank a lot of water and beer, some wine. The food was great, the people also. We stayed in hotels along the way, Najera Burgos, Fromista, Ponferrada, Portomarin, El Burgos Raneros, Astorga. We saw the historical Spain, the riches of the churches, castles. We also stepped back in history seeing the primitive villages, ruins of old villages, etc. We saw several festivals in cities and very small towns (O Cebreiro). It was a great trip for both of us. Can't wait to go back and do it again, maybe with a mtn bike and do the actual trail with the pilgrims. A little Spanish helped tremendously especially when ordering food.

Recommended Route:
St John Pied de Port, France to Santiago de Compostela



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Review Date
December 22, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Javier Burgoa , from Bilbao, Spain

Summary:
Great singletrack, dont carry too much weight on your panniers and try to stick with the yellow arrows that show the way... enjoy yourself and take your time

Recommended Route:
Rocesvalles to Santiago



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Review Date
February 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: steve danyo , from u.s./korea

Summary:
THE best ride or travel experience in my life, and I've ridden mtn bikes seriously all over the world, and have visited 30 countries. This is a must do, and if you're Catholic, you can sleep for free along the way in hospices or churches. Best month is July.

Recommended Route:
Stay off-road like the hikers. Don't do the paved route, which many cyclists do.



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